I realize this isn’t a Christmas treat that you would take to a party and share with others, BUT it is a ‘memory making moment’ and in light of recent national events we have been reminded that no one is promised tomorrow and it’s time to get making those memories. I am posting this on a Sunday because we will be joining other bloggers tomorrow in a day of silence to honor those whose lives were lost and remind ourselves of the beautiful gifts that we have in each of our families.
I mentioned to Megan last week that we were going to be making gingerbread houses as a family with some friends. She wondered the next day how we did them and so I decided to share it here on C&C. My kids look forward to this little tradition each year and are so excited in the days leading up to it.
I have four kids and the idea of buying them each a gingerbread house kit or making my own gingerbread isn’t my idea of fun. So we have been using graham crackers to make faux gingerbread houses for several years now. This idea is nothing new. And probably neither is what I’m about to tell you…the secret weapon – hot glue. We’re never going to eat this pile of sugar anyway, so why not cut out the wait time and fast forward a little to what the kids are really looking forward to…the decorating.
And boy did they ever decorate it…my son had more fun that evening with a squirt can of frosting than he’d had all week. I enjoyed watching each one of my children as their little house became their very own…each of their little personalities shining through the marshmallows and sugar wafers.
Taking the time to assemble the house itself beforehand was the way to go, my 3 year old didn’t get impatient waiting to be able to ‘glue’ the chocolate goldfish on her roof, but it still left my 7 year old plenty of room to be creative. These are in no way perfect, but how fun would making a perfect gingerbread house really be?
What’s your favorite family Christmas tradition?
May the JOY, HOPE and PEACE be yours this CHRISTMAS!
We’ll be back on Tuesday with Christmas treat #10.